Focaccia Bread

FAQ About Focaccia Bread

Can I use a bread machine to make Focaccia? Focaccia Bread
9 months ago | gizem

Can I use a bread machine to make Focaccia?

Yes, you can use a bread machine to make Focaccia, but it's important to note that the bread machine will primarily be used for the dough-making process. Focaccia is typically baked in an oven, so you'll need to transfer the dough from the bread machine to a baking pan for the final baking step. Here's a basic guide on how to make Focaccia using a bread machine:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110°F or 43°C)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus extra for greasing and topping)
  • Toppings of your choice (e.g., rosemary, olives, sea salt)

Instructions:

  • Activate the Yeast: In the bread machine's pan, combine the warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active.
  • Add Ingredients: Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the bread machine pan with the activated yeast mixture.
  • Select Dough Setting: Set your bread machine to the "Dough" or "Pizza Dough" setting, which will knead and allow the dough to rise.
  • Monitor the Dough: Keep an eye on the dough as it kneads and rises in the machine. If the dough appears too sticky or dry, you can adjust by adding a bit more flour or water, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Preheat Oven: While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Grease Baking Pan: Grease a baking pan (typically 9x13 inches) with olive oil. You can also use a smaller pan for thicker Focaccia or a larger one for thinner Focaccia, depending on your preference.
  • Transfer the Dough: Once the bread machine cycle is complete, remove the dough and transfer it to the greased baking pan. Use your fingertips to gently press and stretch the dough to fit the pan.
  • Toppings: Drizzle olive oil over the top of the dough and use your fingers to make deep dimples all over the surface. Add your desired toppings, such as rosemary, olives, or sea salt.
  • Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the Focaccia is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Cool and Serve: Allow the Focaccia to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!